After even awareness programmes and extended deadlines failed to attract more admissions for the 25% reserved Right to Education (RTE) seats, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to start a second phase of admissions, from June 9. The civic body has also planned various ways to ensure more students have access to these seats.
TMC will distribute a number of vacant seats among various corporators, so that they can ensure that residents in their respective areas make use of the vacant seats at schools in the vicinity. In the first phase, only 20% of the seats were occupied and among the 104 schools in Thane, 65 of them have not taken a single admission under RTE.
Whereas a handful of schools - SBN Padwal Vidyalaya, Veez English High School, Hariom School in Manpada, Simbac Glorious Primary School and Holy Spirit High School - have managed to fill their seats completely and some have taken more students as well. "There is no issue if they have admitted more students, but the government will give them reimbursement only for 25% students, so they will have to bear the cost of the rest from their own pockets," says Ganpat More, education officer, TMC.
The admission process will begin from June 9 and the applications will be available in schools till June 21. The submission of forms will be from June 23 till June 30 and the names of the students will be put up by July 1. The schools are free to do any form of propaganda or advertising to rope in more students as per RTE. But, they cannot take any type of exam or interview to admit these students, it would be merely on the basis of a lottery system.
Schools have been given strict orders by the TMC to ensure all papers given by the students are in place and the students from the reserved RTE seats cannot be made to sit separately. They should be allowed to mingle with the rest of the children. TMC is now hopeful that the various corporators will be able to help them fill up all the seats under RTE in each school in Thane.